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Samsung brings some Galaxy Watch 4 innovations to older smartwatches

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Samsung Electronics today not only released One UI 4.0 based on Android 12 for the flagship Galaxy S21, but also announced a major software update for the older members of its smartwatch line.

The update actually brings some of the features and exclusive features of the new Galaxy Watch 4 (review) to models such as the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3.

For Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Watch 3 that already have Fall Detection, you can select a higher sensitivity. The sensitivity can be adjusted so that the watch detects drops even when the user is standing still. When a fall is detected, the watch will send an emergency notification to pre-selected contacts.

Samsung brings some Galaxy Watch 4 innovations to older smartwatches

Another innovation is the updated group missions to train with friends no matter how far away you are from each other.

Samsung brings some Galaxy Watch 4 innovations to older smartwatches

The watch also gets 10 sub-dials, which originally debuted with the Galaxy Watch4. Some of them offer an extra level of personalization – you can choose the background or text colors, as well as different characters.

Samsung brings some Galaxy Watch 4 innovations to older smartwatches

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App Store Awards 2021 – Best iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps and Games Named

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Apple has announced the winners of the annual App Store Awards, which have identified the best apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. As usual, the App of the Year and Best Game categories are categorized by device. Apple has added a new Trends of the Year category this year.

The App of the Year for the iPhone is Toca Life World, a colorful game for kids by Toca Boca. LumaFusion video editing app was voted the best iPad app. The app has established itself as one of the most trusted content creator tools in Apple’s mobile ecosystem. Co-founder Terry Morgan said daily user activity doubled during the pandemic.

Craft named Mac App of the Year. It is an office application built natively for macOS (there are also versions for iOS and iPadOS) that allows you to create and edit documents and notes with images, videos and PDF attachments in a structured and visually appealing way. Carrot Weather is the Apple Watch App of the Year. It offers detailed meteorological readings, and you can choose how much to show different information. The best app for Apple TV is Dazn (streaming service).

Best games:

  • For iPhone – League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • For iPad – MARVEL Future Revolution
  • For Mac – Myst
  • For Apple TV – Space Marshals 3
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year – Fantasian

Trends of the year:

  • Among Us!
  • Bumble
  • Canva
  • EatOkra
  • Peanut

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All-weather heart rate and SpO2 detection, 95 training modes, NFC, AMOLED screen, water resistant and up to 14 days of battery life for $ 40. Introduced the improved fitness bracelet Honor Band 6

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Today Honor introduced not only Honor 60 smartphones, but also an improved version of its popular fitness bracelet Band 6. The device is called and looks exactly the same as the current version, and they can only be distinguished by the catalog number: the current Band 6 has B19 , the new one has B39.

The updated Honor Band 6 still has the same 1.47-inch AMOLED screen, heart rate sensor, sleep, menstrual and ovulation monitoring system, dust and water protection (5ATM), 14 days of battery life and magnetic charging.

There are two innovations. An advanced pulse oximeter that works continuously in any weather, and can also give an alarm if blood oxygenation falls below a threshold. And also an increased number of training modes – 95 instead of 10.

The new Honor Band 6 has risen in price a little: the standard version will retail for $ 40, and the version with NFC – $ 45. But the first buyers in China are promised discounts, bringing the price down to $ 32 and $ 40, respectively.

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Amazfit has surpassed Huawei to become the third largest smartwatch brand in the world. Apple and Samsung are in the lead

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According to the latest data from Counterpoint Research, Amazfit, known for its various wearables, became the third largest smartwatch supplier in the world in the third quarter of this year, overtaking the Chinese giant Huawei.

Amazfit managed to ship about 9.9 million units of its smartwatches in the third quarter of 2021, up 89% over the same period last year. The company now occupies 5.8% of the global smartwatch market.

The company’s overseas sales accounted for 61.8% of total sales. In Germany, sales increased 150% year-on-year, while shipments in Turkey increased 324% year-on-year. The company received a good response in the European market, in Italy, Spain and Germany. The most popular models are the GTR 2e, GTS 2e and T-Rex Pro.

Apple retained its leading position in the smartwatch market in the third quarter with a share of 21.8%, but it was down 10% year-over-year. Samsung came in second with record shipments of the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic, helping the brand increase its share from 9.9% to 14.4%.

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